Friday, September 26, 2014

thick and heavy

Today on my walk, I passed by this:

The words made me think.

I wondered who wrote it? 
I wondered how they are doing? 
I wondered if they are still writing? 

I certainly hope so.

Saturday, September 6, 2014


I’m curious about people who collect things. While I was at an SCBWI writing conference this summer, author/illustrator Judy Schachner described her creative process as an act of collecting. She creates characters by collecting and collaging images. I love this idea! So much, I began to search the Internet for things that people collect. Here’s a few of my favorites:

alarm clocks
baseball cards
bumper stickers
Cracker Jack prizes
dried flowers
garden gnomes
lunch boxes
mason jars
sea shells
vinyl records

Another thing I’d like to add to this list is... words. That’s what I collect.

In third grade, I started my first journal. Since then, I’ve accumulated dozens of journals, filled with thousands and thousands of words. Interestingly enough, I rarely reread what I’ve written. I don’t keep the journals to look over my past. Instead, I keep them because they mark time. I look at the big stack and see the years I’ve lived and the things I have inside me.

How about you? Are you a collector? What do you collect?

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

word of the week

Our Word of the Week

that I added to the fish bowl on my desk


become (verb) 1. to grow or come to be  2. to be appropriate or suitable to  
3. to show to advantage; look good with